Norwegian Reidun was pregnant at sea: age 62 after looking grandchildren after the Danish sailor

In July 1958, the young Norwegian woman Reidun on the quay in Antwerp, Belgium. After having been to sea in a year minus three days, is she just passing away.

Norwegian Reidun was pregnant at sea: age 62 after looking grandchildren after the Danish sailor

In July 1958, the young Norwegian woman Reidun on the quay in Antwerp, Belgium. After having been to sea in a year minus three days, is she just passing away.

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
30 January 2020 Thursday 12:00
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Norwegian Reidun was pregnant at sea: age 62 after looking grandchildren after the Danish sailor

In July 1958, the young Norwegian woman Reidun on the quay in Antwerp, Belgium. After having been to sea in a year minus three days, is she just passing away.

Behind her is the company Th. Brøvigs tanker M/T Dea Brøvig. It has been her home the last years.

in Front of her, she has a long and by contemporary standards probably shameful trip home to the small settlement in Norway.

Reidun is pregnant in the sixth month. She has been together with a Danish colleague on board.


Until 2012, was the story unknown to the child - the 62-year-old Berit Ruud Olsen. Reidun took namely familiehemmeligheden with him in the grave, when she died in 2007.

But her sister, my mother's aunt, who brought her back then in Antwerp, told my mother that the Gunner was not her biological father, tells Reiduns granddaughter Tina Ruud Chipping, 32, to Ekstra Bladet.

Reidun was a beautiful woman. No wonder that both the Gunner and Paul Henning were wild with her. Private

the Gunner was not to know that the family secret had been revealed to her daughter and grandchildren, and such it remained until he passed away in december.

Therefore helped Tina and her two sisters in the hidden their mother after their biological grandfather, but now that Gunner is not here anymore, they ask openly for help to get on track.


Some old letters testify that the biological father of the child, was one of Reiduns colleagues on the ship.

the Sender of the letters was Paul-Henning Andersen, and through the Norwegian city archive, Tina, and her sisters found some old pay slips.

On pay slips is that, to Paul-Henning Andersen, born 28. december 1930, residing in Brønderslev has worked for Th. Brøvig in the same period, as Reidun.

Before the young Norwegian woman thrust at sea and met Paul-Henning, she was actually in a relationship with Gunner at home in the village.

They were a couple, but when it was abruptly ended with the two, she travelled out as a telegrapher on the boat, tells Tina.


As far as the family knows it was supposed to Reidun had to move with him to Denmark. First, would the pregnant woman a ride home to his family in Norway.

- Here she met Gunner again, and it must have turned knister, for they chose to be together, even though she was pregnant, explains his grandson.

Now hope the three sisters and their mother Berit to find their father and grandfather in Denmark or his relatives.

- We would like to know what became of him. I hope not, he was absolutely crushed over the Reiduns choice, says Tina.

If you have information about Paul-Henning Andersen, hear the family would like from you at the e-mail address tinaolsen_87@hotmail.com.

Updated: 30.01.2020 12:00
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